Hip and groin injuries are common among people of all ages and levels of activities. Some may develop gradually over a long period of time, whereas others may be sudden, often as the result of quick acceleration and deceleration motions in sport.

Hip and groin pain can significantly affect how well you are able to move, however, your physiotherapist will be able to determine the cause of pain and set you up with a plan for recovery, to get back to the activities you love. Physiotherapy can help with pain management, restoring range of motion, strengthening exercises, gait analysis and education.

Common Types of Hip and Groin Injuries

  1. Muscle strains: There are many muscles that surround the hip joint: generally speaking, there are the adductors, on the inside of the thigh, the hip flexors at the front, and the glutes at the back and the side. Muscle strains are common in sports such as soccer and AFL, resulting from an overstretching motion. The key to recovering is correctly identify the muscle and working through a specific exercise-based rehabilitation program to return back to sport or exercise.
  2. Hip bursitis and Gluteal Tendinopathy: Both of these conditions present very similarly, generally causing pain on the side of the hip, especially with walking, running or stairs. There are many specific strengthening exercises for the hip that can help to reduce pain and return to activity pain free.


  1. Labral Tear: The labrum is a ring of cartilage that sits inside the joint and acts as a shock absorber. A tear to the labrum can occur either over time, through degeneration, or from an acute incident. This can result in pain, catching, locking and feelings of instability in that leg. Treatment is generally conservative, involving a specific rehabilitation program, however, in more serious cases may require surgical intervention.
  2. Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that can affect any joint in the body. They generally occur over time and may be prone to flare ups overtime. Studies have shown that severity of arthritis and pain do not always correlate, meaning that someone can have severe OA and no pain, and someone may have more mild OA and have a lot of pain. The first point of treatment is always to try and rehabilitation program, however, if no improvements after 12 months then a hip replacement may be recommended.
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